8 gingham mini, midi and maxi dresses that feel like instant sunshine

It’s official: gingham is the ultimate summer dress. Check out our edit of the best checked dresses that will inevitably sell-out, from cute mini dresses, to throw-on maxi dresses, in everything from classic monochrome to more colourful styles. 

The smell of sun tan lotion, the clink of ice cubes against a glass, the feeling of salt water against your skin – these are the sensations that capture the carefree spirit of summer. When it comes to style, nothing resonates with the spirit of a long summer’s day quite like gingham.

Whether your vibe is more Little House on the Prairie or binge watching a gun toting Michelle Dockery in Godless, gingham is synonymous with frontier women. In Wild West terms at least, gingham is the fabric of choice for fearless, free woman, and while we’re staying at home, that’s an attitude that we’re craving more than ever.

The fun of the alfresco aesthetic, without the hay fever and picnic rug burn, slipping on a gingham dress instantly makes us feel like it’s summer, even if we’re not venturing further than our garden. But the true beauty of gingham lies in its timeless appeal, after all, the style is not exactly new. Ever since Dorothy donned one in The Wizard of Oz, the gingham dress has repeatedly returned during summer seasons, making it the perfect dress style to invest in now and wear for years to come.

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Sustainable brand Molby The Label has a whole host of consciously-made dresses loved by influencers, then there’s Copenhagen-label Ganni that have released an update to its iconic gingham dress. While sustainable California-based brand Staud have blessed us with a sleek belted gingham design that will help you make an unforgettable entrance at any upcoming (outdoor) event. 

Ready to add the ultimate summer dress to your wardrobe? We’ve rounded up 8 of the best gingham dresses available to shop already. There’s nothing wrong with planning ahead. 

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Best gingham dresses to shop for 2021

  • New Look Curve dress

    Best gingham dresses: New Look Curves

    Shirring details on the chest give this dress all the country girl appeal we’re looking for in a summer dress. It won’t feel too dressy to wear with boots or flip flops in the summer. 

    Shop New Look Curve ruched mini tea dress in green gingham at Asos, £17.99


  • Ganni dress

    Best gingham dresses: Ganni

    Ganni’s gingham dresses have been seen on every stylist, fashion editor and influencer we can think of, and we’re still coming back for more. This new season update on their iconic lime green gingham dress is the update to go for. 

    Shop Ganni seersucker dress at Matches, £215


  • H&M dress

    Best gingham dresses: H&M

    Lean into the carefree spirit of summer with this mini dress. The puff sleeves tick off another mini trend so it’s basically a winner all round. 

    Shop balloon-sleeved dress at H&M, £17.99


  • Staud dress

    Best gingham dresses: Staud

    No longer just for school summer dresses, gingham has a grown up makeover courtesy of Californian label Staud. This oversized gingham print with the sleek, belted silhouette is the way to keep it suitable for adults. 

    Shop Staud Millie gingham recycled dress at Matches, £335


  • Rixo dress

    Best gingham dresses: Rixo

    This dress is so good, London-born brand Rixo made it in floral and star prints, too. The cute collar, the covered buttons, it’s all part of the attention-to-detail premium package. 

    Shop Gwen dress at Rixo, £275


  • Peony dress

    Best gingham dresses: Peony

    It’s impossible to look at this dress and not get all the summer feels. We see this style swishing along a beach with a straw bag and sandals in the future. 

    Shop Peony one-shoulder organic cotton dress at Net-a-Porter, £335


  • Monki dress

    Best gingham dresses: Monki

    If gingham feels a touch too girly, try out a shirt dress. This mini style can be worn with chunky stomper boots and a trench coat for an off-duty look that’ll never let you down. 

    Shop mini shirt dress at Monki, £30


  • Reformation dress

    Best gingham dresses: Reformation

    Get the full country girl look with this puff-sleeve, square neckline, ruffle-hem style at Reformation. Red gingham screams summer in the best way possible.

    Shop Belgium dress at Reformation, £265BUY NOW

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